Christmas Cocktail

Christmas Cocktail Recipe

I first drank this in a fashionable Soho bar and realized immediately that my mom would love it. I made it last Christmas for the family. Mom did love it. Dad drank far too much of it.–Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent

LC Seven Lords a Leaping Note

Seven lords a leaping? So the carol goes. But after partaking of this Christmas cheer, perhaps it would be more accurate to say seven lords a leaning. Before you start a leaping and a leaning for yourself, let’s reflect a moment on what exactly constitutes a Christmas cocktail, shall we? According to no one but ourselves, it seems any such libation ought to be seasonal in terms of its ingredients, and certainly splashy hues of citrus juice qualify. The tipple ought also be effervescently toe-tapping and perky rather than serenely yawn-inducing and sleepy, which rules out hot toddies and mulled wine and the like, no matter how lovely the latter may be. And it ought to have a captivating countenance, one of those dazzling numbers that turns heads and makes ordinarily predictable people unexpectedly cry out,”I’d like one of those, please!” Does this little tipple merit the moniker “Christmas cocktail?” We think so.

Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker

Christmas Cocktail Recipe

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  • 10 M
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  • Serves 6


  • 1/2 cup Campari
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh clementine juice (or, in a pinch, fresh orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • 1 3/4 cups Prosecco, chilled
  • Orange twists (optional garnish)


  • 1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Campari, lemon juice, clementine juice, and Simple Syrup. Add the ice and shake.
  • 2. Strain the mixture, dividing it equally among 6 flutes. Top off each flute with some of the Prosecco. Garnish with a twist of orange zest, if desired.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

Sita Krishnaswamy

Dec 21, 2012

Gorgeous color. Tastes like a lovely bubbly grapefruit juice. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Thumbs up from this Prosecco queen.


  1. Simple, fast, no need to mix anything and it’s festive…Just pour some Rose’s pomegranate juice (about 1 to 2 tsp) into a champagne flute and then pour in the Prosecco. It mixes perfectly and offers just a slight sweetness and color to a drink which is very festive for Christmas or New Years.

  2. Served these cocktails on Christmas Eve using satsuma oranges from my backyard tree. Delicious! A new pre-dinner tradition. Great with the traditional Texas tamales.

  3. Thanks!!

    Haven’t tried yet but we’re ALWAYS looking for ways to “juice up” Prosecco or non zillion dollar bubbly. This looks REALLY TASTY.


  4. Campari. Love! And Prosecco! You’ve got me. ;) Two of my favorite things and nice winter citrus. This is indeed a Christmas cocktail for the permanent holiday roster. Thanks!

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